Red Sky's Sandra Laronde earns honorary degree

By Brittany Duggan

Sandra Laronde, founder and artistic director of Red Sky Performance, has been chosen to receive an honorary degree from Trent University. Dr. Steven E. Franklin, Trent’s president, will honour Laronde for her contribution to society through her work in contemporary indigenous performing arts. As well as being founding artistic director of Red Sky, Laronde is the director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre, and has been an instrumental leader in creating links with First Peoples, culturally diverse, world indigenous peoples and mainstream communities. Past honours include the Ontario Good Citizenship Medal, the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts and the Toronto City Council’s 2004 Aboriginal Affairs Award. Laronde will be honoured at Trent’s forty-fourth convocation ceremonies on June 1st; the other honorary degree recipients are The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, former prime minister of Canada; children’s rights activist Craig Kielburger; visual artist and biologist Rick Beaver; and electrical engineer and paralympian Lauren Woolstencroft.

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